This summer make some memories you won't soon forget down at a small dude ranch. Here you will find one of the most intimate vacation settings in Western America. Please note, small does not mean they are short on experiences or activities. It means they only host a handful guests in order to offer you a very personal and tailored horseback riding vacation. In the list of small dude ranches below you will find your perfect cowboy place, great for making genuine connections with the land, horses and your hosts.
Earn Your Spurs at this Cowboy Ranch
Lonesome Spur Ranch, Capacity - 10
Lonesome Spur is a 5th generation working ranch where they host usually up to 10 guests per week trying to earn their spurs as a cowboy or cowgirl. Whether you are moving cattle in the mountains, team penning, sorting or simply riding the range, you will find out what it is like to cowboy up. Come with a healthy appetite for the home style meals and relax in the evening around a campfire or in the hot tub reliving your western adventures. Great horses, great scenery and great memories await you at the Lonesome Spur. Call for reservations at 406.662.3460
'Grandma's House' - An Historic Pioneer Ranch
Long Hollow Ranch, Capacity - 16
Long Hollow Ranch is a historic pioneer ranch in central Oregon that serves as a Bed & Breakfast for guests looking to stay a few days. The original ranch buildings are over a century old and have been preserved and renovated for hosting ranch guests. Guests are treated to a delicious homemade breakfast and great company each morning. The original ranch 'store' (once a stage stop) is now a guest cottage. All guest areas are decorated in a manner designed to evoke the feeling of 'Grandma's house.' This place is the perfect way to 'get away from it all' and find peace and perspective as you experience a simpler way of life on a cattle ranch. Call for reservations at 541.923.1901.
Your Own Private Wilderness in the Tetons
Flat Creek Ranch, Capacity - 14
For decades Jackson Hole’s Flat Creek Ranch has carried a mystique inspired by its raucous history, its remoteness and its epic wild beauty. Now this jewel cloaked in the National Forest can become your own private wilderness. Getting here is your first adventure: a 15-mile route across the National Elk Refuge and into the mountains over a rigorous jeep track. At the end of the road you reach a true haven. Come to hike, to ride, to fish, to experience the back country. Come to meet an array of wildlife from bald eagles to moose and deer, scores of ducks, owls and visiting osprey. Scan the cliffs above the ranch for mountain sheep. Fish for trout in our acclaimed stream and private lake. Call for reservations at 307.733.0603.
Come as a Stranger, Leave as Family
Deep Canyon Guest Ranch, Capacity - 20
Your hosts of the Deep Canyon Guest Ranch, Chuck and Sharon Blixrud, and their daughter, Debra Renteria, will welcome you as family, sharing stories of the region and inviting you into their living history. You will find no shortage of hospitality, an abundance of breathtaking scenery, and the care that only owner operator establishments can provide. But, be warned. You will come a stranger and leave as family and the Rocky Mountain Front and Deep Canyon Guest Ranch will be your home away from home, with your favorite horse waiting for your next visit to our Montana dude ranch. So come. Sit by our fire. Tell a story. The coffee is on. Call for reservations at 406.466.2044.